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Press Release: Ada Jobs Foundation Accredited by the International Economic Development Council

12/7/2016 by Jessika Leatherbury
Tags: International Economic Development Council, Accredited Economic Development Organization, Michael Southard, , Kenny Howard, Jeffrey Finkle, IEDC, AEDO

Ada Jobs Foundation Accredited by the
International Economic Development Council 

AJF Smallest AEDO of 53 Economic Development Organizations

Washington, DC - The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that the Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF) has been recognized as one of 53 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO).
"The Ada Jobs Foundation displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor," said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.
The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, programs, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.
"In addition to being one of only 53 AEDOs, the Ada Jobs Foundation has assumed the crown of the smallest accredited economic development organization in North America which was formerly held by the Ponca City Development Authority, also in Oklahoma," shared AJF President Michael Southard, "A plaque will be presented during the International Economic Development Council's award ceremony at the 2017 Annual Conference in the fall, resulting in enhanced marketability of Ada and increased exposure of our community through IEDC."
"Thank you to AJF Board, staff, area business leaders, and regional/state partners for helping our community attain this prestigious designation," said AJF Board Chairman Kenny Howard, " Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community, companies, and prospects that AJF has attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well-placed and their business is in good hands."
Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession and one force for advocacy. For more information on IEDC or the AEDO program, call Tye Libby at (202) 942.9450; fax (202) 223.4745; write to IEDC at 734 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005; email tlibby@iedconline.org; or visit IEDC's website at   www.iedconline.org .
 About the Ada Jobs Foundation
The Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF) contracts with the City of Ada to promote and recommend economic development opportunities with the city. AJF was established in 1998 to create and retain quality jobs for the Ada area. AJF serves as a "one-stop-shop" for economic development by coordinating with the city and other entities for Ada, Oklahoma's benefit. The Ada Jobs Foundation is a non-profit organization, funded in part by membership dues and tax deductible contributions. In addition to membership dues, funding is provided by a contract with the City of Ada.    www.adaworks.org